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Indy Autonomous Challenge

Cisco IoT connects the first autonomous car race at Indy Motor Speedway.

Proving a new generation of technology

Cisco sponsored the first autonomous car race at the Indy Motor Speedway, held on October 23, 2021. The challenge required university students to develop autonomous driving software to safely compete at high speeds.

What does autonomous racing have to do with you?

The same technologies used for improved safety and efficiencies at the Indy Autonomous Challenge connect autonomous operations across multiple industries.

Manufacturing and logistics

Automated storage and retrieval systems, autonomous guided vehicles, and robots improve efficiencies.

Port and terminal operations

Autonomous guide vehicles, ship-to-shore transfer cranes, and rubber tire gantry cranes speed operations.


Driverless trains using communications-based train control are crucial for passenger safety and smooth traffic flow.


Tele-remote control systems and autonomous vehicles for underground mining help keep people safe.

Requirements for safe autonomous operations

Ultra-reliable wireless connectivity

Seamless handoffs at high speeds between towers eliminate dangerous network delays, keeping the vehicle on track.

More power and data at the edge

Bandwidth-heavy applications like video and the need for real-time data require a reliable, high throughput network.

Cisco connects autonomous operations and cars

Cisco Ultra-Reliable Wireless Backhaul

Our set of technologies and devices enable fiber-like connectivity for vehicles and fixed infrastructure. 

Cisco Industrial Switches

Our ruggedized industrial switches offer the bandwidth and network speed needed to process information in harsh environments.

Success stories and customer testimonials

Indy Autonomous Challenge race car sets new speed record

A Dallara AV-21 race car, connected using Cisco Ultra-Reliable Wireless Backhaul and Cisco industrial switching technology, set a new world record for the fastest autonomous car, sustaining speeds of over 192.2 MPH/309.3 KPH for 1,000 meters at the Kennedy Space Center.

Fueling innovative research

Power student research and universities to drive the innovations of tomorrow with Cisco technology.

Watch qualifying rounds

See universities test their software in simulated environments as they get ready for the final race on October 23.